Severn and No. 4 St. Mary's will add another chapter to one of the county's most competitive football rivalries at 7 tonight at Anne Arundel Community College.
Starting tonight, no more excuses for public-school teams. Players who were academically ineligible to start the season return from probation for week No. 3.
Game of the week
Fourth-ranked St. Mary's (2-0) is the host tonight, looking to avenge last year's 15-14 loss to the Severn Admirals (1-0-1).
Junior Dennard Melton, two times a two-way, all-county back, is more dangerous than ever as the quarterback in the Admirals' option offense. Melton scored four touchdowns in a losing effort against the Saints as a freshman and last year, ran 78 yards for the game-winner with 3: 18 left to end the Saints' three-game winning streak in the series.
In two games this season (a 34-34 tie with Bullis Prep and a 27-18 victory over Southern-Harwood), Melton has run for 335 yards and five touchdowns. He is averaging 12.9 yards a carry.
His partner, Von Craig, leads the county with 345 yards rushing (9.3 a game). He, too, has five touchdowns.
The Melton-Craig duo, running behind 6-foot-7, 240-pound tackle Jeff Hatch, will be tested, however. Like last season, the Saints come into the showdown unscored-on in two games. The Saints have blanked Pallotti (21-0) and Harford Tech (53-0), preventing Harford from getting even a first down.
Linebacker Monte Graves, defensive ends Brian Kingsbury and Rob Hoffman, nose-guard Adam Hillard, and defensive-backs Eric Pickett and Bryant Airey lead a Saints' defensive unit that might be better than last year's. That squad gave up just 96 points in 10 games, the only county team to yield under 100 points.
Offensively, the Saints' Ernie Listman has run for 132 yards and three touchdowns, and quarterback Ryan Metzbower has run for a pair of touchdowns and thrown for two more in the absence of all-county running back Rashi Reed. Reed, who had a kidney stone, is expected back tonight.
Severn's John Beckman was victorious in his debut as head coach against the Saints last year. St. Mary's coach Brad Best is 3-4 lifetime vs. his school's biggest rival.
Eighth-ranked Arundel (1-1) takes its tuned-up aerial machine to Cape St. Claire to face the Class 3A Broadneck Bruins (2-0) at 7: 30 p.m. at Lawrence Knight stadium.
Arundel's Erik Lipton-to-Joe Parker combo has connected on five touchdown passes and more than 300 yards. New spark plugs have been added to the Wildcats'tuned-up passing machine with the return tonight of two more outstanding receivers, speedster Rodney Farmer and 6-4, 225-pound tight-end Tony Ross.
"Teams have been double-teaming Joe, but with Farmer and Ross back, Erik will have more options," said Arundel coach Bill Zucco. Last week, Arundel beatCalvert County's Northern, 32-12.
With triumphs over Old Mill (24-6) and Glen Burnie (20-13), Broadneck already has matched last year's win total. The Bruins are hoping sophomore running-back Martel Threadgill (184 yards, four touchdowns) can keep the ball away from Lipton and company and give Bruins place-kicker Brooks Barnard a chance to put up some points.
Barnard, who also leads the county in punting with an average of 37.7, has three field goals in two games, including a pair from 21 and 47 yards last week against Glen Burnie. The 47-yarder was a yard short of the county record set in 1985 by Arundel's Bryan Beauchemin against Severna Park.
Third-ranked North County (2-0) plays its first home game and the county's initial Class 4A League game in Ferndale at 7 p.m. against unpredictable Chesapeake (1-1).
Despite scoring 64 points in its first two games and boasting three of the county's top four receivers in Corey Wright (15 receptions), Chris Mangum (14) and Kenny Parks (six), coach Chuck Markiewicz doesn't feel his Knights are sharp enough yet.
Chesapeake opened with a 44-0 romp over Southern-Baltimore, but dropped a 7-6 game to Class 2A South River.
South River (1-1) plays host Prince George's County's Surrattsville (1-1) in one of five other 7 o'clock games tonight.
The others: Friendly-PG (1-1) at No. 14 Meade; Southern (0-2) at Liberty (0-2), Carroll County; Northern-Calvert (1-1) at Glen Burnie (1-1); and Northeast (1-1) vs. Patapsco (1-1) at Dundalk Community College.
In 7: 30 pm. games: Annapolis (1-1) plays its second game in five days after edging Bladensburg, 7-6, on Monday night. The Class 4A Panthers play host to Class 2A Fairmont Heights (1-1) of Prince George's County.
Old Mill (1-1) is home against Queen Anne's (0-2), a team that has scored only nine points in two games.
Severna Park travels to Calvert High in Calvert County in a matchup of 0-2 teams, and Archbishop Spalding (1-2) can even its record against a visiting Southern (0-2) of Baltimore team that has been outscored 74-6.
Pub Date: 9/20/96